Vancouver Public Library is funded by the public, as the name implies. The city of Vancouver pays for the creation and running of the library from tax revenues. This is the third largest library in all of Canada. This library is the largest in all of Vancouver. The library was opened on May 26, 1995 at a cost of over $160 million. The library currently has nearly 400,000 cardholders and lends out over 8 million books each year.
The Vancouver Public Library, or VPL, is nine stories in height and created in a form of architecture whic makes the library look similar to a Roman coliseum. Having traveled extensively abroad, I believe that this library is one of the best public libraries of its kind. It's free for library cardholders to borrow books, surf the internet or read periodicals. VPL has over one-million items which can be borrowed. VPL is conveniently located in downtown Vancouver. If you love to read books then you're going to really enjoy your trip to this library. Or if you're interested in unique architecture and you're visiting Vancouver then you'll not want to miss this tourist attraction.
Library Location and Hours
The library is located at 340 West Georgia Street. Library hours are:
Library WebsiteVancouver Public Library website is an excellent resource for finding books. The entire library collection of over a million books is searchable online. You can login to your account and check the status of books which you've either borrowed or asked to be put on hold, check late fines, and reserve books online. The website also provides a listings and schedule of any events going on at the library. VPL offers a unique 'Askaway' service where you can ask questions and chat with informed staff in real-time. For students stuck on a project or doing homework 'Askaway' is an excellent resource.
Directions To the LibraryIf you choose to drive to the library then pay-parking is in effect. There is meter parking available on streets surrounding the library. The library is located in the downtown eastside. The library is bordered by Robson Street, West Georgia, Hamilton and Homer Street.
You may choose to use public transit to reach the library. In this case, it's very convenient to take the skytrain and get off at Stadium station. From Stadium station it's a very short walk to the library.
For information on other libraries, please refer to our vancouver library guide.
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